The 2023 Election

The 2023 election sees the following positions available on Council:

  • 4 Councillors, 4 year terms, Term to expire on 16 October 2027





When is election day?

Saturday 21 October 2023* 

*This date may change subject to the Referendum Date for the Voice in Parliament. 

When does the poll close?

6pm on Saturday, 21 October 2023

When are the votes counted?

After 6pm on Saturday, 21 October 2023

When are the election results announced?

On the evening of Saturday, 21 October 23, when the counting of votes has been finalised. 

Where can I vote?

The election is conducted via postal voting.  A ballot box will be located at the Gascoyne Junction Community Resource Centre Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 4.30pm and Friday from 8.30am and 3.00pm. 

A ballot box will also be available at the Gascoyne Junction Community Resource Centre on election day from 8am to 6pm. 

When will I receive the voting papers?

Approximately three weeks before election day. 

What is the system for counting votes?

The 'first past the post' system is currently used for local government elections. Electors indicate the candidate, or candidates, of their choice by placing a tick in the box opposite the names of the chosen people, up to the number of vacancies to be filled (four), with candidates being elected in the order of the number of votes they receive.

Note: The State Government is proposing to change the first past the post system to a preferential voting system.  More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

Who is the Returning Officer?

The Electoral Commissioner will appoint a Returning Officer for the 2023 Shire of Upper Gascoyne Ordinary Election. 

Can I vote for the Shire President directly?

No, the Shire Councillors will elect a Shire President and Deputy Shire President at the first general council meeting after the election. 

Does the Shire of Upper Gascoyne have wards?


What do I do if I don't receive my ballot papers?

Replacement voting papers can be obtained in person at the Gascoyne Junction Community Resource Centre from the Returning Officer during CRC office hours or on election day Saturday, October 21 2023 from 8pm to 5.45pm.

If I own multiple properties in a City, can I vote more than once?

No, an individual cannot vote multiple times.

Why do I have to provide a copy of my lease, tenancy agreements?

Under the Local Government Act 1995 and the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 the Chief Executive Officer can make inquiries to determine a person's eligibility for enrolment, including asking for a copy of a lease or tenancy agreement to support a claim to enrolment.